Joan Lafrenz

Joan Lafrenz

Wednesday, September 13th, 1933 - Monday, July 1st, 2019
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Obituary

Joan Lafrenz, 85, of Atlantic, Iowa, died Monday, July 1, 2019, at Heritage House in Atlantic.

Joan was born on September 13, 1933, in Griswold, Iowa, the daughter of Frank W. and Vera E. (England) Ray. She graduated from Griswold High School in 1951. In 1954, she started her career as a clerk at the Cass County Auditor’s office, and retired after 36 years in 1990. One of her favorite memories at work was when Barbara Bush visited their office while on campaign for her husband; she even ended up joining them for the salad lunch they were having that day.

On July 15, 1961, she was united in marriage to Vernon C. Lafrenz in Elk Horn, Iowa. The couple made their home south of Atlantic. She loved to labor alongside Vern whatever the task on the farm, from being in the fields, working with cattle, and milking the cows. Joan was a little hesitant to get in the combine, but once she did, she enjoyed it so much it was hard to get her out of it. Joan had a pleasant smile and a good sense of humor. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Atlantic.

Joan is survived by her husband, Vernon of Atlantic; sister, Sharon (Ray) Curran of Prescott, AZ; sisters-in-law, Arlene (Ken) Rhoades, Vanita (Tom) Barnet, and Loretta Wuerdeman, all of Davenport, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Vera Ray; brothers, Harold “Shorty” (Shirley) Ray and Gary Ray; sisters, Dorothy (Burnell) Wheeler and Cleo (Paul) Steffen; brother-in-law, Lee Drumm; and niece, Debbie Ray.

Open visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, July 4th followed by visitation with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., at Roland Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 5th at Zion Lutheran Church in Atlantic. Burial will be held in the Evergreen Cemetery in Red Oak.

Memorials may be made to the family for later designation to Zion Lutheran Church or the Diabetes Association.

Roland Funeral Service is caring for Joan’s family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.

IN REMEMBRANCE OF
Joan Lafrenz

BORN
September 13, 1933 - Griswold, Iowa

DIED
July 1, 2019 - Atlantic, Iowa
At the age of 85 years, 9 months, 18 days

FUNERAL SERVICE
10:30 a.m., Friday, July 5, 2019
Zion Lutheran Church - Atlantic, Iowa

OFFICIATING
Pastor Daryl Tompkins

ORGANIST
Karen Benson

MUSICAL SELECTIONS
“I’m But A Stranger Here” #748
“Abide With Me” by Randall Breckerbaumer
“How Great Thou Art” # 801

CASKET BEARERS
Landon Preston
Tanner Preston
Ray Preston
Allen Conner

FLOWER COMMITTEE
Linda Robinson
Laurie Andersen
Julie Gade

INTERMENT
2:00 p.m.
Evergreen Cemetery - Red Oak, Iowa

The family appreciates your care and invites you to join them for
lunch immediately following the service, in the church fellowship hall.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 4th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, July 4th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Roland Funeral Service
    Address
    204 E. 5th St.
    ATLANTIC, IA 50022
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    Open visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, July 4th followed by visitation with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 4th at Roland Funeral Home.
  • Service

    Friday, July 5th, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Friday, July 5th, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    Zion Lutheran Church Atlantic
    Address
    811 Oak Street
    ATLANTIC, IA 50022
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    Officiant
    Pastor Daryl Tompkins
  • Interment

    Location
    Evergreen Cemetery Red Oak
    Address
    RED OAK, IA
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  • Reception

    Location
    Zion Lutheran Church Atlantic
    Address
    811 Oak Street
    ATLANTIC, IA 50022
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Fred and Janine Knop

Posted at 08:00am
Hello Vernon,

It is with great sympathy that we share the loss of your wife, farming teammate, and friend. May the beautiful memories that you have of your life together shower healing over you each moment of each day.

Fred and Janine
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Tom England

Posted at 03:08pm
Vernon and family
Kerry and I have been in South Carolina for over 25 years now.Family still means a lot to us.Phyllis does a great job of keeping us up to date on family members. So needless to say we were so sorry to learn of your loss !! I have many fond memories of visiting the Ray family with Mom and Dad.Joan was special.We are thinking of her and will never forget that great smile."MAY GOD BLESS "
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